Returning to school full time to get an MBA is a big, but exciting, decision. It can be confusing, though, trying to determine which programs you want to apply to and which one you’ll ultimately enroll in. Rankings can be a great place to start, as they have done a lot of the narrowing down for you. It’s safe to say you will get a phenomenal business education from any of the top programs. It is up to you to take that list and delve in more deeply to examine the qualitative aspects of those programs that best align with your personal and career goals.
One of the most important things you’ll want to get a feel for is the culture of the schools you are considering.
From small towns to large cities, the top MBA programs vary in terms of school location. It’s important for you to take a look at the school’s location when determining which program is right for you. If you have lived in a city all of your life, maybe you’re looking to go to a smaller town for your MBA education. UNC Kenan-Flagler is located in Chapel Hill, a college town in the heart of North Carolina’s beautiful and innovation-rich Triangle region. While it may not have the expansive public transportation system of a large urban area, the town is not short of entertainment options, outdoor activities, delicious restaurants and opportunities to get involved in the community. Regardless of what your intended location is, it is something you’ll want to consider when choosing a full-time MBA program.
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Quality of life
Quality of life is very important when deciding which full-time MBA program is right. Given that you already will be forfeiting an income for two years to obtain your MBA, you may want to think about the cost of rent, transportation and other factors. What does the cost of living look like in the areas you are considering moving to? You likely will want to enjoy all that the town or city you are moving to has to offer, so take into account the cost of living to ensure you’ll be able to do all that you want while you’re there for two years.